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    Getting into gem cuts

    Hey all,

    My question is related to cutting gems. Lately all I have been doing is the obsidium shuffle, and selling the gems raw, however I've recently been wondering if cutting the gems would be more profitable.

    Before you all shout at me 'Of course!', here my reasoning. I'm playing on an oceanic server, possibly one of the top 3 in terms of server population (think a queue of 4500 in the first few weeks of cata). Also I'm on horde, and the server has a higher horde population.

    So, as you can guess, undercutting is at a premium. This, combined with the fact that the AH deposit is now 9g per gem has put me off thus far.

    What do you guys think? Am I better off just posting raw gems, or try to make an extra 15g or so per gem from cutting and hoping they sell?

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    Hi The_Marsh, I must admit, I've never been terribly good as JC gem cuts either, mainly because I just forget to do my dailies, and when I do I end up getting frustrated because no matter how much research and planning I do, the cuts I buy always end up making me loose money or pull in such little profit that the gold isn't worth my time.

    What I'm currently doing is stocking up on JC tokens, in hopes that when the Epic Gem cuts are added one day, I will be able to immediately jump into 2-3 different cuts on the first day. It's a gamble but oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Marsh View Post
    So, as you can guess, undercutting is at a premium. This, combined with the fact that the AH deposit is now 9g per gem has put me off thus far.

    That AH deposit sound very wrong, I'm seeing 56s 25c for cut gems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qruz View Post
    That AH deposit sound very wrong, I'm seeing 56s 25c for cut gems.
    Well for example has a 5g 40s 48hour deposit.
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    Obviously no one will list a gem for 48 hours when undercutting is as prevalent as Marsh claims it to be.

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    My mistake, you are right. I have no idea where I got the 9g from. I guess I will start posting cut gems now
    How many of each do you post? 2 or 3?

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    I personally post two at a time during prime time, over nights and early mornings I can post four or more if I deem it suitable.

    After raiding evenings, primarily Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday you might want to consider just staying on (after raid hours) and spamming APM on a char you only have gems on (not wasting time with glyphs or any other item you may normally use APM for) for extra sales, but that is primarily for rare gems of course.

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    i'm at a bit of a dilema. he might be on my server. but i'm a nice guy. and JC is only like 1% of my income.

    i think he may be talking about uncommon gems. if so, dont. the main value in uncommon gems lies in the skillup. it seems like there are no gems slots in ANY Cataclysm leveling gear. at all. basically Blizzard has not created a market for uncommon gems. i'm not even sure they can be socketed into BC / Wrath gear.

    rare gems arent expensive enough for people to consider uncommon cuts for their gear.

    if you are talking about rare cuts then go for it. i use Panda to appraise the worth of all the cuts i havent learned. buy the most profitable, without consideration for my own gem needs, and sell cut gems on a small scale. i usually only have 2-3 of each of my cuts up every day. but with the right cut selection i'm making 300% profit on most of them.

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    Nah, I was actually referring to the rare gems. I must have gotten it confused with the vendor price for uncommon gems. I'm a bit stupid sometimes -.-

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    If your talking uncommon gems then as Antikythera mentioned it's not a great market. There is gold to be made still but it is a minimlist market at best, especially now most rare gems are rapidly falling in price which i would assume would be even more so on a very high pop server where undercutting and competition is rife.
    Uncommon gems are best transferred usually rather than cut to be sold.e.g. made into metas or enchanting mats.

    For rares choosing the right cuts is often the key. You generally have a choice between high priced low sale gems or low priced fast movers. As to what you should do and what you should pick, as is always the case we can only advise what may be possible but you have to work out for yourself what is actually best.e.g. using a spreadsheet to work out potential profits or if you have the time/will to compete in a highly populated markets.

    If you do decide to jump in i would point out not to forget late night posting as few(er) people post during the night so you have much less competition but still quite high demand from people finishing raids etc. Die to my available play time a while ago i went through a spell of only posting during the night and still made significant sales and profits from doing so.

 

 

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